The most flattering short haircut of all time - and why it's right for now

Soft, feminine and effortlessly simple, Princess Diana was one of the many who sported the cropped hairstyle of the 90's
Soft, feminine and effortlessly simple, Princess Diana was one of the many who sported the cropped hairstyle of the 90's Credit: Antony Jones/Getty

I’ve had long hair all my life - apart from one winter in 1990, the year that the film Ghost came out. A romance/thriller/comedy, Demi Moore stole hearts with her gripping portrayal of a grieving widow alongside Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg.

While it was a defining moment in Moore’s career, her newly short haircut made as many headlines as her performance. Soft, feminine and effortlessly simple, that haircut perfectly suited the emerging minimalistic times and inspired a legion of fans, myself included, to lop off their hair.

So, when Charlize Theron stepped out a couple of weeks ago with the exact same haircut, I had a pang of nostalgia for my 17-year-old hair. After all, Theron is 44, one year younger than myself - and she has pulled it off with the same aplomb as Kate Moss did in 2001, when she was in her late 20’s.

Charlize Theron recently emerged with a short style reminiscent of Demi Moore in the 1990 hit film Ghost Credit: Rob Latour/Variety/REX

‘It’s the length on top that makes this haircut so ageless. While it’s very short and quite severe at the back, the length on top gives it softness so it has this combination of boyishness and extreme femininity that’s flattering on anyone at any age,’ explains celebrity hairstylist, Luke Hersheson.

Demi Moore playing Molly Jensen in Ghost (1990) Credit: Peter Sorel/Paramount/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

He adds, ‘It has elements of supermodel Linda Evangelista and Princess Diana’s haircut, especially when it’s swept to the side; even though it’s short, it’s extremely versatile - there are no bells and whistles, it needs very little product and looks great on any hair texture whether it’s straight, wavy or curly - which is so right for now,’ he adds.

Supermodel Linda Evangelista was no stranger to the side swept ultra short bob Credit: Images Press

The secret to going short? It’s all about confidence. ‘The trick to any great haircut is making it yours - you have to own it and wear it with confidence. Today’s haircuts are all about wash and go. Invest in a great hairdresser then keep the styling simple and elegant and you can’t go wrong.’ 

Am I tempted? Watch this space...

Three ways to make your short hair right for now 

Keep it long on top

Whether you are channeling Charlize, Linda or Princess Diana, the key to making a short haircut ultra feminine and face flattering is the length on top. ‘This haircut is actually quite extreme in some senses; the ears are exposed and it’s quite short at the back, but the length on top is what makes it soft. You can move it to the side or add some texture,’ explains Luke. 

Use minimal products 

‘A great haircut shouldn’t require loads of styling products. You should never have to force your hair to look good, it needs to be cut in a versatile way that suits your face shape and lifestyle so getting a consultation with a hairdresser first is key to a successful cut,’ advises Luke.

As for styling, according to Luke the only three products any woman needs are a styling cream to give some healthy shine, a light hairspray (like Elnett) to set hair for evening and a dry shampoo or volumising spray for texture and lift. Hersheson’s Almost Everything Cream, £10, is the perfect daytime styling product for shine and light hold. 

Almost Everything Cream, £10, Hersheson

Colour will add thickness to fine hair 

If you hair is very fine, by updating your colour by going slightly warmer or lighter, you’ll swell the cuticle and add thickness and texture as Princess Diana did so impeccably. Or use a dry shampoo to create some youth enhancing root lift. I recommend Ouai Super Dry Shampoo, £20, for a light boost with no white powdery finish. And it smells divine. 

 Super Dry Shampoo, £20, Ouai

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